Blue Devils Build Early Lead, Hold Off Late Third Set Rally From Pierce

Blue Devils Build Early Lead, Hold Off Late Third Set Rally From Pierce
Blue Devil volleyball stretching before Monday night match with Pierce.

NORFOLK – Wayne High began their quest of a return to the state tournament with the first round of the Class C1-7 Subdistrict.

From Norfolk Senior High, #1 WHS took on fourth-seeded Pierce Monday evening to open postseason volleyball play.

The Blue Devils dominated set one with a 25-3 win and took set two 25-16. Pierce built some momentum with a 3-0 lead early in set three and played close to the end but it was Wayne High prevailing in set three, 25-22. WHS has now won 12 straight to improve to 28-4 on the season while the Bluejays ended their year at 10-21.

Lauren Pick and Emily Armstrong stole the show for Wayne High both recording a double-double with 16 kills and 17 digs for Pick and 15 kills and 10 digs for Armstrong. Emily Longe added eight kills, Frankie Klausen tallied three as Kiara Krusemark and Sydney Redden both had one kill. Other dig leaders came from Hailey Backer with 13 and Redden with 10 while Krusemark came away with 41 set assists.

Wayne High totaled five services aces led by two from Armstrong and one each from Krusemark, Erin O’Reilly and Pick. Frankie Klausen and Longe both had a block assist.

Wayne High will next face #3 Battle Creek at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. Pregame coverage is set for 6:45 p.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and online at

Battle Creek won in four sets over #2 Norfolk Catholic (18-25, 25-13, 27-25, 25-17).

Monday night marked the third time Battle Creek and the Knights met since October 10 where Norfolk Catholic won in straight sets in Norfolk. The Bravettes then won a four-set match during round two of the Mid State conference Tourney and again in the opening round of subdistrict play. Tuesday night will mark the third meeting with Wayne as the Blue Devils won on October 17 in Wayne in four sets and swept Battle Creek in the Mid State Conference Championship game on October 24.